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Aug 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
today's announcement. my name is adrian, i'm with immigrant affairs. let me first start by introducing the other partners for today's initiative lunch. first of all, the san francisco foundation, dr. sandra hernandez and tessa rivera, [speaker not understood], senior program officer for immigrant rights and integration, walter and alise fund, also known as the haase senior fund. pam david, the wallace alexander gabode foundation, stacey ma and thomas, concerned with immigrants and refugees represented today by felicia barto, deputy director. also present today are commissioner canali vice-chair of the san francisco immigrant rights commission, city librarian, luis herrera, [speaker not understood], and clementine of the african advocacy network. so, let me provide first of all just a little bit of background on the initiative. in 2008 while serving as city administrator, mayor ed lee created the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs, one of the first such offices in the nation. the intention was to better communicate with and engage our city residents while providing opportu
Aug 30, 2013 8:00am PDT
supervisor david chiu is a former criminal prosecutor, civil rights, and immigration attorney, technology, entrepreneur, senate judiciary aid, and democratic council. he's done a lot of things in his life. he's also talented and highly effective leader of the san francisco board of supervisors where he has served as president since 2009. president chiu. (applause) >> thank you, and good morning, everyone. first of all, i want to join the mayor in thanking all the folk behind me who represent the funding community that has so wonderfully stepped up. thank you, dr. sandra hernandez and your colleagues. i of course want to thank all the amazing nonprofit social service providers and immigrant rights organizations that have been part of the fabric of why i'm so proud of san francisco as a city that welcomes and protects our immigrant communities. and i also want to take a moment and thank all of you. you're taking pictures of us because i think behind us represents the diversity of our city. but we are looking at you. if you actually looked among yourselves, this room effects the diversity of
Aug 26, 2013 11:00pm EDT
this country. and today's discussion we'll explore the harmful immigration impact on women and children. women and children are often the ones left behind when fathers are deported, which is, of course, a hardship for the fathers. but the women who are left behind to hold that -- that family together and support the family they also suffer other types of discrimination and suffer impact from our immigration laws and any proposed immigration laws must address the special needs of women and children. we're joined today by service providers and immigrant women from across virginia's tenth district who are all committed to positive change in our immigration laws. we are part of a national network of organizations olding similar events to ensure that the needs of women and girls are front and center in any debate about comprehensive immigration reform. these events are coordinated by we belong together to engage women in immigration reform and make sure any reform that's passed is both fair and inclu s inclusive to women, not just in words, but in the actual implementation of the la
Aug 26, 2013 9:30am PDT
immigration founded here just a few blocks away. that what matters is we have a mare that understands the issues a nearest and dear it to us and that's immigration reform. since it's inception we've gotten over 20 visas alone and the feeling is we have a shortage on green talent when we need to go through the steps we need to go through and for the tech community we're focused on opening up our technical school to the global community. we're in a talent war along with a state war on services gov. and anything we can help to create change here means so much to us. we have the mayor who can creative impact so we stand behind mayor ed lee and we're thrilled he's here. i'm so excited to here what he is has to say. thank you (clapping) >> julia and kevin a thank you for being subpoena great community leaders were we're going to have a robust town meeting this is being live for my radio program. we like to let people know in advance. i'm going to ask a few questions then we're going to open it up to you for the awe loltd time we have. so with that we're going to start. welcome t
Aug 26, 2013 10:00am PDT
i have this commercial in their head. all those comments immigrants are lazy and taking our jobs. imagine the same comments have been made as each immigration wave like the italians and now the mexicans but somehow they've contributed to society and we're growing because when you take a diversity of ideas they don't take your jobs. somebody said that the way we have today, the system we have a help wanted sign on one side and on the other side we have a bored with guns. >> let me build on that then because again, the vote in the senate is happening we believe it's going to be successful. the real battle is in the house. so let's talk about the battle in the house. without naming names a group of 80 executives met with the house and quote we're going to take care of you high terence votes but who cares who picks the strawberries. well, i like strawberries i don't see a lot of american born folks who pick strawberries. we do care we want to see expensive immigration remorseful for all of americans and all americans. so as we go to the house side and why don't we start with maria. w
Aug 22, 2013 6:30am PDT
get everyone through the immigration process so that they don't have to ever fear that they are not part of our body fabric, our city fabric, who we are as americans. and, so, i'm delighted to be part of this conversation and i'm delighted to represent a board of supervisors that has stood repeatedly for the idea that regardless of your citizenship you deserve a spot in san francisco. i serve on a board where over half of us are the sons and daughters, the grand sons and granddaughters of immigrants. we have immigrants on our board of supervisors and the last thing i'll just mention is regardless of how long your family has been here, at some point in your lineage, you came to this country, you came to this state, you came to san francisco, and part of what we're seeing today is we all deserve to be here. we deserve to make san francisco and america great. thank you very much. (applause) >> thank you, supervisor. many of you may not know that over 35% of san francisco small businesses are owned by and operated by immigrants today. our next speaker is a real role model for many of us
Aug 29, 2013 9:00pm PDT
organization that focuses on organizizing young and immigrant retail workers and also here representing the san francisco immigrant rights and defense committee. >> and i am laura and i am an immigration attorney and we have been in the mission district for the past 20-something years helping latino immigrant families on a variety of issues. >> thank you for the consideration of the resolution in support of the due process ordinance xh is very much needed legislation that this coalition of 30-plus groups and advocates have been working on. we will read it as is. >> whereas the board of education of the san francisco unified school district recognizes the keeping families together including immigrant families helps to insure equal opportunity and success for all students, a recent study entitled shattered families highlighted the educational impact on children who are at risk of losing a parent to deportation and whereas the san francisco commitment to welcoming the immigrant families to our city has been under mind by the program known as secure communities known as scom wh
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 10:00pm EDT
this. >> when the house heads back to work next month, immigration reform is something that they will have to deal with. in arizona, immigration rights activists dealt with it their own way. brought to the u.s. as children, they were arrested as they chained themselves to fence at facility. those who don't have documents and are already in the country, and they would like an end to immigration raids and deportation. the so-called dream nine sought to get back into the u.s. after asylum and spending two weeks in arizona's detention center, the dream 9 were released. they all would have persecution if sent back to their own country. fear of persecution from immigrants crossing the border to mexico has increased in the last years. asylum in the nine months. i'm joined by one of the dream nine and could founder of the youth alliance that sponsored the alliance. she moved from mexico when 14, and she's pursuing an immigration degree at university of santa clara. and she's tired of immigration not moving forward. and also joining us, david le polled, of the national lawyers association, and
Aug 26, 2013 10:00am EDT
immigrant communities. expanding the population in the united states for the past 30 the 2012d really elections were a wake-up call to both parties. the overwhelming response from both let you know and asian- american communities for the president was a wake-up call for how important immigrant rights are and how much this group works together around immigrants rights. around justice, and a whole range of civil rights issues that are recorded to the whole country -- importance to the whole country. it is important, not only to the smart, but to the work that we've been doing over the past many years. brought forward a key issue that was on the minds of many people this weekend. the question i would would out is where would we go next, what is next? >> the folks right now are bigsed on three or four things. we have to get comprehensive immigration reform through. we had to get section four of the voting rights act restored. we have to raise the minimum wage higher than we ever have before. and then, bullocks are also focusedon -- folks are racial profiling that has come out in the racia
Aug 30, 2013 6:00am EDT
. >> eleanor congressman luis gutierrez held a town hall meeting on immigration monday in virginia. the chairman of the immigration task force for the congressional hispanic caucus is traveling across the country to talk about immigration reform. here's part of the event. it's 45 minutes. >> today, we celebrate women's equality day. 93 years ago. we celebrate 93 years, finally in this country women obtained the right to vote. and they are using a right to vote to make america a better place for all of us to bring more justice and to bring more fairness. we want to focus the conversation this afternoon a little more around women and immigration. i think not enough has been said about our broken immigration system and how it impacts women. i want to share with you that it doesn't matter where i visited, whether it's a garlic field in salinas, california, or a citrus grove outside of orlando, or orchards out in or gone and in washington state. when i sit down and speak with women in the immigrant community, they all tell me the same thing. they share with me the horribly oppressive conditi
Aug 23, 2013 10:00pm PDT
family to my grandparents and daughter four generates but to the immigrants and american born. so i'm going to begin with the butterfly love song. long before shakespeare wrote this there's a famous chinese leniently who are forces to separate and die of traffic circumstances and return to life as butterflies. from that legion there's a chinese melody that originated from all the women in 1923 and that chinese melody later became the theme for the butterflies violin concerto. i honor this from china representing the generation of my grand parents who were chinese immigrants in the united states. i trofrm this in an expression of my own. >> don't confuse me. (clapping). ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ in ma ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ in (clapping) >> after my father died in a two airplane collision over the grand canyon my mom had to singularly raise my sister and me and rogers and hammer stevens you'll never walk alone it has carried me throughout my whole life. i recovered the meaning of you'll never what can alone when i w
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Aug 24, 2013 7:00am PDT
agree? >> we'll see higher food prices. but we would see that if illegal immigrants picks up, too. at the end of the day, the most businesses, not like apple computer, they're if a tight margin. any additional cost gets passed on to the consumer. that's like saying we pay a lot for movies now because all the people that work on movies has insurance. this is an industry where no one has that cost and we get the benefit of cheap produce. it's not like lighting money on fire. we're going to pay more money for food and some people will use money in the health care area. food sales will go down in the supermarket, it's not going to destroy the market. >> gary, california is really the nation's salad bowl. consumers are already squeezed. this is going to add to their problems, their budgetary problems, isn't it? >> i agree. i think it's going to add more significantly than jonas thinks. look, food in the average family budget is about 14% of their budget. that's second biggest expenditure behind housing. so let's just take that 14% and say food prices go up because of obama care by 10%. now
Aug 23, 2013 8:00am PDT
budget, immigration, the debt, you name it, energy. we have all of these momentous challenges ahead and this poisons the water even more. it is bad politics for the republican party because tom coburn has joined the whacko fashion and that is one of the reasons they lost in 2012. a lot of my friend said i don't think obama has done a good job. i like mitt romney personally but he seems to be controlled by the whackos, the crazy people in his party. >> governor, how does that happen? how -- if this is true, if tom coburn has fallen under the spell of the crazies, how does a guy like that fall under said spell? >> because if you hear it all around you, it takes a great deal of personal strength to say no. as john mccain did when that woman in 2008 said that barack obama was a muslim. it takes some strength. tom coburn has been a guy that has always shown that strength. he said have said to these people, look, folks no impeachable offenses. the president hasn't broken the law. let's talk about real things. let's talk about republican policy because that is how we are going to win in 2014 a
Aug 25, 2013 9:30am PDT
pretty much being an immigrant. migrated here when i was 8 years old. i'm 30 now. and i feel that's my moral duty to go ahead and represent those who were underrepresented, immigrants, you know. i know what it's like to be an illegal alien. so i feel that, you know, i want to go ahead and portray a positive image of all immigrants, not just latinos, immigrants overall. >> so you were adopted in this country. you decided i still want to serve it. >> yes. >> tell us about that will within you that says this is the direction i want to take this. >> well, as i mentioned, you know, i came here when i was 8. and you know, everybody -- a lot of folks that i've encountered express their sort of, you know, challenges that they had, you know, while being here in the u.s. you know, discrimination unfortunately still exists. prejudice. you know, but when i came here, my family and i, we had the doors open from a lot of folks. so i feel that, you know, as an immigrant i want to go ahead and give back because i've been given so much. >> when you first enlisted, did you imagine you'd be serving th
Aug 22, 2013 11:30pm PDT
was on a bus. he went to immigration service. he was on a bus. he was taken to tijuana and released. no lawyer in that process. every religion that i'm familiar with teaches that things like that are not the right way to go and we do have public officials who are happy to mention their own religion and i get a kick out of it and check their voting record because on this issue and on your issue, they are part of the problem. who are they? they are your friends. they are the people you like. they like environmental things, other things. these things i tried to talk to them and so have others much more powerful than i am. he was in mexico for 3 months. he had a mental breakdown. he thought he was dead. to check if he was dead he stepped out in front of a trick and the truck missed him. and his mother went day in and day out to check the bodies in tijuana and finally he wondered back and finally the lawyers at a c l u, made a case t . the government was unrepent ant. the best way to do is go to the place and look at the people and be a voice coming out as best you can and say this is wh
Aug 28, 2013 1:00pm PDT
immigration and customs enforcement triggering a request to hold certain people in jail for extra time for deportation. these requests limit immigration retainers are based on the probable cause that a person is deportable. and indeed, they have been issued against u.s. citizens and whereas immigration is completely voluntary as clarified by the attorney general, and member ran um issued on december 4, 2012, indeed, other have declined to hold the people for extra time in jail pursuant to immigration detainers and scom and immigration detainers are wreaking havoc and causing 764 in the time since it was enacted to june 8th and up to may 2013. and scom under minds the public safety by des couraging them from seeking assistance because every arrest is a potential deportation, and they are afraid of cooperating with law enforcement. >> whereas the best way to submit the civic engagement is to create a clear division, and by declining to hold the people at extra time with no exceptions, the city and county will send a strong message that everyone should be treated the same. and wherea
Aug 25, 2013 10:00am PDT
the very ends of the earth. >> speakers voiced concern over poverty, voting rights, and immigration. organizer reverend barbara williams-skinner described the anniversary as a call to action. >> faith by itself is dead apart from the action that would transform a hurting society. that's what i think the church needs. just to examine itself, get out of the four walls. >> kim lawton will have more on the anniversary coming up later in the program. >>> in other news, this week saw a grim escalation in the conflict in syria. the opposition there alleged government forces had used chemical weapons, killing hundreds, including women and children. the u.s. and others called for a u.n. investigation with france's foreign minister suggesting the use of force if the allegations are confirmed. a u.n. team is in syria to investigate previous allegations of chemical weapons use, but it's not certain they'll be allowed to look into the newest ones, which the government denies. syria's chief international ally, russia, after earlier suggesting the attack was staged by opposition forces, joined the
Aug 27, 2013 2:00pm EDT
filled with whether immigrants were going to take jobs away from white and black americans that would be willing to do those jobs. people talk about this as if people want to be in low-wage jobs. they are taking them away because we want to be in those jobs. what we are forgetting is we are creating -- talked about a permanent underclass. we are creating that permanent underclass when we ask for the job leeward. you are very fortunate to be working in the fast-food industry's and you are very fortunate that you can work to jobs planning office building at night and working construction during the day. we have fallen back on some of the strategies that we know work like educating our children to the level that they can compete with anyone. like protecting workers' rights and having people understand what their rights are as employers and as human beings to it and the kind of work that they are entitled to. all of these issues can't be solved by groups alone, by individual groups and hispanic groups and african-american groups, by immigrant groups. we have to do this to get there
Aug 28, 2013 9:00pm PDT
will also talk about the history of asian immigration and the challenges of a certain family member who lived through generations of the history here. i'll talk about that family. it will talk about the labor history of our city and particularly the hard history of our waterfront labor struggles. and that international long shore and work house union, yes, very important part of our city's history. (applause) >> are reflected in these wonderful artistic and historic panels. and that will just give us even much more of a deeper sense of appreciation for what our city does with this. then this opens up a viewpoint that i know you know that i personally share because it's not just the history. we're also going to be opening up this area for even more people as we establish and get going on piers 30-32 and transform what has historically been dying piers into the hopeful new entertainment and waterfront arena. i know in less than five years, an additional 13 acres of open space will had. more of that will be open more and more to the public. i want to see -- see gail hunter, viethv of t
Aug 25, 2013 7:30pm PDT
point for thousands of immigrants, particularly the first asian immigrants to this very spot. and i think it's very, very special that we are rededicating it as a community space. it takes a village for us to build a park and i want to very much add the thanks to the so many city staff that came together who monique and mayor lee have already mentioned, but i want to thank in particular the port for your leadership over the many years, all the departments, mayor lee. i also want to thank an agency that i had the pleasure of serving on that many members of the public don't know much about, the bcdc, the bacon certification development commission. (applause) >> thank you, bcdc. so, those of you who don't know, bcdc is the commission that is responsible for protecting the bay, protecting the access of the public to the bay, protecting the fact that our bay had for many decades until bcdc came along, been encroached by developments that not everyone thought was appropriate. and i think it's so special that we are focused today on making sure that this very spot and spots around the enti
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 12:00am EDT
money real. >> it is a desperate gamble for millions of immigrants trying to cross the u.s.-mexico border. people will risk their own lives even that of their children for the opportunity. america tonight's rob reynolds traveled to the border areas to hear from the survivors about their challenges. some of the images in the stories they tell may be disturbing. >> reporter: a corner of the cemetery in texas is set aside for th the lost and left behind. these are the graves of unknown migrants from mexico and central america who died lonely deaths in the bad lands of south texas. >> it's horrible. it's senseless death. i don't really understand it. >> reporter: vinnie martinez is chief deputy sheriff of brooks county last year he reported well over 100 dead migrants. today numbers are on trend to exceed that. >> from year-to-date we're 92% increase from 2012. we had 129 in 2012. we see the influx. we see the volume high on pedestrians markers coming through the brush . >> reporter: an impoverished crumbling town near the mexican border. but the checkpoint just south of town is the la
Aug 26, 2013 11:30pm PDT
tests and then told boxes. [inaudible] is threatened today keller. also in 1965 immigration act was our message to the world that for the first time in our nation's history we would admit people on a 1966 1967 but about the first meaningful federal aid to education in the form of head start and bilingual education programs. in april of 1968 the nation's response to the assassination of dr. king, pres. johnson again, moved a drag your feet congress with the fair housing act on his desk to sign it into law that was against federal law for the first time to deny buying renting or lending opportunities on the basis of race, religion, national origin or color. we stand before you and you will take your steps forward in a better place than our mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, because of the courage and tenacity displayed on august 28 displayed on august 28, 1963. but the reverence for the past must not equate with passivity today. or in the future. our journey continues. dr. king had a dream on that august day. today many immigrant students have another dream to remain and
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Aug 27, 2013 11:00pm EDT
week. centurylink® your link to what's next. neil: beware immigration bills we have to past -- pass fast, we have a bill clocked at more than 1200 pages, a lot of stuff sneaks into the pages including 1 1/2 billion bucks for a youth jobs program. you know tens of millions of dollars more for various immigrant serving organizations, ryan said, you come to discover this immigration measure does not measure up. he is top g.o.p. strategist. so now the devil becomes how do you remove those provisions, get a law that makes sense or do you risk junking the whole thing, and we're told getting latinos upset at you? >> junk the whole thing, no matter, you will have go to conference, and have worse bill brought forward. you will have democrat in house, a handful of republicans pass it. and sign by barack obama. neil: you don't buy the argument this just kills party with the -- for whatever valid reason, it looks like you are you know, against minority. >> bob dole got less of the hispanic vote than mitt romney or joh mccain did. we have to make immigration less about hispanics, it was wave of
Aug 23, 2013 6:00pm PDT
they had chained themselves to the gates of. and it was a bus that was loaded up with immigrants, who were being forcibly deported out of the country. the protest at the fence, at the gates where the people had chained themselves to the fence there, that had been a protest for immigration reform. the protesters were saying, stop splitting up our families, stop breaking parents and children and brothers and sisters and husbands and wives apart from each other, when their only crime is wanting to live here peacefully, together. 1.7 million people have been deported under president obama alone. these protesters say they want a moratorium on the deportations, at least for now, while congress is considering the immigration reform bill that has already passed the u.s. senate. now, there was a change in tactics for this particular protest yesterday in phoenix. you've seen protests by the dreamers, right? often wearing caps and gowns. these are young people, people who were brought here, as kids, by their parents, many of whom have never known any other country besides this one, but they do n
Aug 23, 2013 1:35am PDT
on juries, but they passed assembly bill 1401 allowing lawful permanent immigrants to become jurors as well. all these new jurors would be chosen from dmv records. >> we can't vote. if you have opinions on these kinds of things, it is good your words are heard. ingly would be interested if my english was good enough. >> reporter: the bill would increase the number of candidates and immigrants sometimes make grate jurors. >> immigrants are proud to serve. less likely to try to come up with excuses. >> reporter: on the other hand, immigrants may struggle to understand american culture and concepts like guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. >> people would be able to quickly and ready grasp the concepts. >> reporter: if the bill passes, california would be the first in the country to allow noncitizens to serve as jurors in courthouses like this one. the bill heads to the desk of governor brown for consideration. >> the critics of the bill says there is no shortage of jurors. they don't need this. this system just needs revamping to make people show up. >>> when the new bay bridge opens in
Aug 30, 2013 12:00am PDT
nations immigrants when they are told to plead guilty and they are deported? >> i will start with that because i filmed in georgia. i will tell you about really i think about it like still a lot. a man who was accused of drug trafficking. although the police report as the police officer testified on the stand did not mention drugs. magically the amount of drugs that were not in the police report exceeded the threshold of 45 to life. the man on trial, his story and the story of a man who had pleaded guilty with him was that he was a roofer in georgia. his friends said do you want to go to lunch, i have to make a stop. he's a passengerer in a car and unaware there were drugs in the car. after a day-and-a-half on trial he's convicted alone. he doesn't speak any english. so there is a translator who is trying her best to keep up with everything that's happening but you can tell he has no idea of what's happening. a day-and-a-half after being convicted with no evidence against him, nothing to point to the fact that this man was in anyway involved in trafficking, of course crystal meth,
Aug 27, 2013 3:30am PDT
immigration requirement in congress, under the current proposal, undocumented residents are being intentionally left out of accessing health care, and having access to health care is a human right. as a city that is strong to have equality for all, please show this regulates to how we treat san francisco residents health care. >> thank you. i just want to note for the audience, we want to move the meeting along, to i would ask that you refrain from applause, you can do hand signals if you want, but we want to make sure we respect your time and we give everyone an opportunity to speak, so thank you very much for your patience, go ahead. >> hi, supervisor, my name is susan fang, i'm a health policy [inaudible] with the chinese progressive association, i was also born and raised in san francisco, i'm currently a medical student, so you know, i'm really proud that san francisco, having been born and raised here, that san francisco has taken leadership to making health care accessible to everyone and achieve health equity. so, we talk about how folks are being left out and how some peo
Aug 23, 2013 5:00am EDT
immigrant. i'm very clear about where i came from, who i was and who i am. i'm very much an american. my formative years were spent here. i met most of the people that matter to me here, minus my family. most of my work has been done in this country. but i know that i wasn't born here and i know that my development is shaped by the immigration experience, by the experience of growing up in a country that did not have the kind of freedoms we enjoy here at this sort of political and business freedom. >> and what immigration has meant to america, among those who say is a proud part of the development and evolution of this country is something that we essentially must cherish and preserve. i'm passionate about. it very divisive. just the fundamental notion of the melting pot, bringing people that have the ambition and drive to better themselves, better their fate, better their children's fate and pay back to the country that welcomes them is fundamental to who i am and i feel it is critical parker does not lose that. >> rose: in the process, not only doing well for themselves bu
Aug 25, 2013 12:00pm PDT
justice for people who will serve despite their ethnic background, religion, economic immigration status and their government and their policies and process. as for jubilee,it gives me such joy that we just recently celebrated this historical victory of the same-sex marriages in san francisco is the first county clerks office in this state to say open california to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples during our pride weekend. >> [applause] >> we can continue to celebrate these historical events diverse cultures inheritances that make san francisco unique. 50 years ago dr. king i have a dream speech inspired and changed many lives. we as beneficiaries, of his legacy and of the civil right movement can keep his dream alive if we do all we can and all are shared by keeping fighting for social justice and equality for our generation and the next generation. thank you and welcome. >> [applause] >> don't say it. i've known her for a long time but i will say for how long. only her and her father no. she's beautiful. she turned out just wonderful. great job, dad. thank you naomi. a co
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